UPDATE: Whoops, as the comments indicate, I clearly made an error. There will are currently no
Intel-based G5s PowerMac desktops available. Only Intel-based Macs are able to run Boot Camp. So, unless I want a MacMini (which I don’t), there are currently no options for a Boot Camp-enabled Mac without a built-in monitor. Another Windows machine it is.
As I mentioned last week, I’ll soon be in the market for a desktop machine. Coincidentally, yesterday Apple announced Boot Camp, a beta application that enables you to easily run Windows and Windows programs on an Apple computer. Boot Camp will become part of Leopard, the next version of Apple’s operating system.
I’ve currently got a Windows desktop and an Apple laptop. Though I see the security and stability advantages of Apple OS X over Windows XP, I’m pretty much platform-agnostic. I use my desktop PC for everything, from games to Office apps to audio and (very occasionally) video editing. I just read this early review that graphically-intensive games like Doom 3 or Far Cry run smoothly under Boot Camp.
This Boot Camp news gave me pause. Should I consider getting a Mac instead of another Windows machine? One important note: I’m currently using a (gorgeous) 23″ Apple Cinema display, so I’m unlikely to buy an iMac (I don’t want or need dissimilar dual displays). So, it’s a G5 PowerPC or nothing. Let’s compare some specs. I’m configuring and pricing out the Windows system using Frontier PC’s site. That’s where I bought my last PC (apologies for the all caps–they’re from Frontier’s site). The specs are after the jump:
|CAN $2,399.00 + tax||CAN $1287.61 + tax|
Apple’s performance data indicates that the G5 will outclass this machine by a significant margin (25 or 30%?). Here are a couple of independent tests which have different findings. Regardless, I’m willing to accept that the Mac is going to be somewhat faster than the PC.
But is ‘somewhat faster’ worth $1100? Heck, I could nearly buy two Windows PCs for the price of the G5.
While Boot Camp is exciting news, and I think it’ll be great move for Apple, that price difference is too huge to stomach. I’d imagine the difference would be smaller if we compared an iMac to a similar Windows desktop plus monitor, but that’s not on the table for me.
UPDATE #2: Here’s some benchmark data from CNet: “There’s no question: You’re going to have a noticeably better gaming experience on a Mac running Windows XP than Mac OS X.”